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Lean on Pete (2017)

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A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

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Andrew Haigh

Writers:

Andrew Haigh, Willy Vlautin (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Plummer ... Charley
Amy Seimetz ... Lynn
Travis Fimmel ... Ray
Steve Buscemi ... Del
Jason Beem Jason Beem ... Race Announcer
Tolo Tuitele Tolo Tuitele ... Lynn's Husband
Ayanna Berkshire ... Cop 1
Connor Brenes ... Cop 2
Kurt Conroyd ... Nurse
Chloë Sevigny ... Bonnie
Dennis Fitzpatrick Dennis Fitzpatrick ... Old Timer
Rusty Tennant Rusty Tennant ... Portland Downs Security Guard
Julia Prud'homme ... Ruby
Jason Rouse ... Mitch
Lewis Pullman ... Dallas
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Storyline

The film follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.

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You Can't Get Anywhere On Your Own

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Adventure | Drama

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Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apóyate en mí See more »

Filming Locations:

Burns, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,975, 8 April 2018

Gross USA:

$1,163,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,443,584
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress by Charlie Plummer. See more »

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Modern flat screen televisions are shown in at least 2 scenes, yet the film seems to be set in the 1990s, with old cell phones, pay phone, information operators, and older vehicles. See more »

Quotes

Ray: You know, I was a cook for two years once I dropped out of school.
Charley: Yeah, I know.
Ray: It's no way to live, though. Getting up at four every morning. Getting hit by grease all day. People complaining, orders backing up. It's no way to live.
Charley: Yeah, but you get free food?
Ray: Yeah, you get free food. But let me tell you, you end up hating food. But there are waitresses. Hm. You like waitresses, don't you?
Charley: Yeah, I guess.
Ray: The best women... have all been waitresses at some point. So, what have you learned?
Charley: ...
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Haigh's Melancholy Horse Drama Mostly Delivers
6 April 2018 | by bastille-852-731547See all my reviews

This drama from Andrew Haigh about an adolescent boy caring for a quarter horse may be paced slowly, but its unique sense of melancholy slowly creeps up on the viewer. The film uses a mix of thoughtful but down-to-earth dialogue and stunning shots of the American West to immerse the viewer in its world. These two elements manage to coexist quite well in the film. I was impressed by the quality of the acting in the film, as Haigh wisely directs his cast to choose a deep-seated and authentic sense of realism over sentimental value in their performances. The film moves at a leisurely but commendable and never tedious pace. Its tone is often quite dark at times and its themes can be quite heavy, but patient viewers who stay with the film will be rewarded. It is important to understand that thankfully, such tone and themes never feel sentimental or sappy, which is all to the film's genuine benefit. The film's depiction of poorer and rural Americans in the West provides for thoughtful and compassionate social commentary in a manner similar to something like J.D. Vance's stunning memoir "Hillbilly Elegy." Haigh should be praised for ensuring that such depiction is never portrayed in a trivialized manner.

My main criticism of the film--and the key element that keeps it from greatness--is that the film often plays it too safe in its narrative and stylistic choices. While the movie never feels predictable and often feels gritty, a mild philosophical change in how the film could have been constructed could have made some scenes feel somewhat less derivative. That said, this is a well-made and well-acted drama. Recommended to those interested. 7/10


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